Admission criteria for all courses

To be admitted to our courses, you need the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a Swiss or foreign university;
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience;
  • Excellent command of English. (Proof of your English level is required to apply for our MAS, DAS and CAS programmes. Please see below the English language requirements).

Visa requirements

Please, be aware that students who are nationals of countries outside the European Union or the European Free Trade Association need a visa to enter Switzerland. You need to consult your nearest Swiss embassy for details about the procedure and required documents.

Documents required to apply

To make your enrollment as easy as possible, please check below the documents you will need to supply as part of your application process. If you want to apply for one of our scholarships, remember to check your scholarship eligibility before starting the application process.

Please ensure you have all your documents ready to upload before starting the application process. Applications sent after the closing date and/or incomplete will not be considered.

Documents for the Master (MAS), the Diploma (DAS) and Certificate (CAS) courses

  • CV (Résumé)
  • Copy of the certificate for the highest educational qualification obtained.
  • Proof of English language competence (TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent); see details at the bottom of the page.
  • Copies of work certificates from the last two job positions.
  • Two recent letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional).
  • A passport photo (.jpg format).
  • Scanned copy of passport.

If you wish to apply for a scholarship for our MAS course, please remember to tick the button “I would like to apply for a scholarship” that you will find in the programme’s application form and all the information requested. More information about our scholarship programme is available here.

Documents for the Executive Short Courses

  • CV (Résumé)
  • Copy of your highest diploma
  • Work certificate or official document of your current job position
  • Proof of English language competence (TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent); see details at the bottom of the page.
  • Scanned copy of the passport

Application procedure

To submit your application, please follow the four steps below:

  1. Fill in the form on the online enrollment platform.
  2. Upload all requested documents (check your scholarship eligibility beforehand).
  3. Register for the correct programme.
  4. Submit.

 Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail. Please note that the Selection Committee may take up to three weeks to validate an admission request.

Language requirements

All classes at the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies are delivered in English, and all students must have an excellent command of the English language. Students whose mother tongue is not English, who do not have secondary or post-secondary qualifications taught in English or who have not spent a minimum of one year studying full-time at a university level in English (please provide transcripts certifying that courses were delivered in English), must provide a certificate to prove their mastery of English. 

Recognised tests and scores:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language): Internet-test: 100
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 7.0
  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English, Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge): B-C
  • CAE (Cambridge Advanced English, Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge): B-C
  • Duolingo: 100.

Pre-requisites for online courses

Our online courses offer a mix of case studies, readings, films, slides, writing and reflection carefully prepared to help you make the most of your time.

You can access everything you need for the course on Moodle, the University of GeGeneva’sirtual Learning Environment. Classes meet live via Zoom approximately twice a week. Please ensure you have a good and stable Internet connection and have downloaded the Zoom application on your computer. Try to block off the time for your class somewhere quiet, using headphones to avoid interruption. If you are at work, your employer should know that you will follow live classes, and only emergencies should prevent you from attending the course. Please note that our online classes are generally recorded, strictly for use by current class participants and instructors.

Before the beginning of your online course, you will receive your login details, access instructions, and further documents related to the programme. We strongly recommend connecting you to the platform as soon as you receive the instructions.

Cancellation Policy

Please check our cancellation policy.

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